As a spinoff of this thread, is anyone familiar with the GUNS OF THE SOUTH?
(See this thread http://www.gunco.net/forums/showthread.php?t=8039 )
I was toying with what would an AK built under mid-19th century conditions be like?
The steel mags are basically doable at that time.
The receiver, milled.
The round a .36 caliber (9mm x 39) loaded with patched lead rounds and black powder.
This caliber is already used in Russian special purpose weapons like the VSS (albeit with FMJ rounds).
Bullet weight, g
Muzzle velocity, m/s
US 9x39 Ammo
The barrel would need to be at least 20" long, to wring the most out of the black powder.
The front sight base and gas chamber in cast brass.
The finish non-existent (as period arms can "armory bright")
The bayonet a socket type with spike blade (like a Mosin Nagant's)
All furniture of wood, not laminated.
The rear buttstock longer, with a brass buttplate and a definative wrist ( like the SMLE's).
And it'd be engraved with something like Tredegar Iron Works Self-Loading Carbine, calibre .36